Jan. 4th, 2009

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It's been forever since I posted anything substantial, and I really want to make it a priority this year to keep up to date with my LJ more. I miss reading through each post and commenting like I used to. I just want to say: Happy New Year to all, I hope it's happy, healthy, exciting, fulfilling, and that you get from it whatever it is you strive and wish for. I <3 you guys, my LJ homies :)

My resolutions for this year are:

1. Learn something new.
2. Move upwards in my job.
3. Stick to healthier/smarter habits.
4. Walk the dog more.
5. Read.
6. Stand up for myself.
7. Stop caring so much about what other people think.
8. Make my bed.
9. Drink less pop.
10. Take more risks.
11. Be more social.
12. Don't put myself down (or let others do it for me).

An ambitious list to be sure, but I figure if other people can do it all year-round without it having to be a resolution at all, I can do it, too. I didn't mean to put it in any particular type of order, but looking at it now, I wonder if I kinda did anyway.

I've already sort of completed number 1. I recently ordered this from amazon. It's called "The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving your Memory at School, at Work, and at Play". It's really interesting stuff. My memory's not the best for some things (while incredibly accurate for others), and I thought this might help me out.

One of the exercises in the book is memorizing the 50 States. A while back I tried that name as many states as you can in 10 minutes game, and did ... okay, considering I'm Canadian ;) I think I got about 30-35 within that time frame. Now I can reel off all 50, in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order, in about 3 minutes.

For some reason, I keep forgetting Alabama :|

It basically talks about associating words/things/whatever with pictures. So for "Alabama" I picture a photo album, because "album" sort of reminds me of Alabama. Then you link that picture, to a picture that you can associate with the next State on the list. So I picture the album falling into a snow drift for Alaska.

The goofier the better. Like the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz clutching a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken, or a naked chick with a hunk of cheese on her head standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial xD *

But yes - I definitely recommend checking it out. I'm only into the third chapter but already I find the methods they recommend working. It sticks, too. No forgetting it again in a few days or a week.

And now - I'm off to the mall with my mom. I can hear my final gingerbread latte of the season calling my name.

* For the record, it was Washington -> West Virginia -> Wisconsin :q


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